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Latest update : 2016-02-25

35-hour week: Do the French really work less?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 25.02.16: France is famous (or infamous) for its short working week. But in reality, the stereotype of lazy French workers attached to their 35-hour week is an exaggeration.

Introduced in 2000 to boost job creation, the 35-hour working week remains a deeply divisive issue here in France. The right wing and business representatives say it’s the root cause of France’s economic woes. Defenders say it’s improved the well-being of workers and productivity. Over time, the law has been watered down, meaning that on average, French employees work a lot more than 35 hours a week.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2016-12-01 France

Baby crazy: Why do French women have so many children?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 01.12.16: French people have a reputation for being pessimistic about the future and yet they are the baby-making champions of Europe. Two main...

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2016-11-17 secularism

French secularism: Anti-religious or safeguarding freedoms?

This week we take a closer look at France's cherished state secularism. Laïcité [secularism], a product of French history and philosophy, is central to how France defines itself....

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2016-11-10 France

One year later: How the November attacks changed France

This week, France is marking the one-year anniversary of the November 13 attacks, the deadliest-ever terror attacks on the country. It's a time to take stock of how much France...

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2016-11-03 France

France’s baguette obsession: The rules of "baguetiquette"

When you think of your stereotypical French person, you may well picture them in a striped shirt and holding a baguette. For bread is an integral part of the country's diet and...

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2016-07-07 Medicine

French health care: A much-loved universal system

Ranked among the best in the world, France's health care system is the object of national pride and international fascination. Generous and universal, the public/private hybrid...

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